I’m in London now, sitting in Ivan’s room. It’s been a good couple of days catching up with old friends. And, with travels, the space & time allows for much thought & reflection, especially coming straight after workshops in Penang. I’ve been thinking about my photography – my philosophy & ethos to this medium we all love.
Over the weekend, I headed up to Lake District with Aletheia & Eujin. And it dawned upon me that even being amongst the beautiful landscapes, my attention was still drawn to their interaction as a couple – that feeling of home that they had established with each other. Maybe it’s me just missing Krystin (this is the longest we’ve been apart), but to me, the most beautiful landscapes only truly resonates & leaves an impression when you have someone to share it with.
That’s when it hit me, I enjoy capturing home. Not necessarily the place, but the feeling that is associated with this word. Ultimately, it is the thing I value most in my personal life, hence the thing I am drawn to while making photographs.
And so, I leave you with Ben & Erin’s backyard wedding.
A favourite, not because the theme was different, but because their wedding represented their identity of home.
Walking into their home in Kew, it is as if you are transported in time, specifically to the 70s. Their wedding was an extension of that, quite literally, as their backyard was themed in the 70s to celebrate their union as one. That’s what I love about backyard weddings – the warmth of family, the honesty & vulnerability of opening one’s home, the organic nature of the day as it unfolds, the process that has gone into making a backyard into something beautiful & magical. It’s a combination of home & wonder; it’s everyday magic.
This is a story about everyday magic; my favourite kind. Ben & Erin, get married in their backyard, as if it was 1970. Enjoy.
Their wedding was featured on Hello May Issue 9, grab a copy here.
Bride’s dress : Ani McCord
Groom’s suit: Dianne Tailors Footscray
Event Planner/Stylist : Larger than Life
Flowers : The Flower Jar
Stationery : Paperless Post
Catering : Cookes Food